Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 50 metre freestyle

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Men's 50 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Venue Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre
Dates August 19, 2004 (heats &
semifinals)
August 20, 2004 (final)
Competitors 86 from 78 nations
Winning time 21.93
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    Croatia
Bronze medal    South Africa
«2000 2008»
Swimming events at the
2004 Summer Olympics
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Freestyle
50 m   men   women
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Breaststroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Butterfly
100 m men women
200 m men women
Individual medley
200 m men women
400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men women
Medley relay
4×100 m men women

The men's 50 metre freestyle event at the 2004 Summer Olympics was contested at the Olympic Aquatic Centre of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, Greece on August 19 and 20.[1]

United States' Gary Hall Jr. defended his Olympic title in the event in 21.93, just two hundredths of a second off the record set by Alexander Popov in 1992.[2] The silver medal was awarded to Croatia's Duje Draganja, who placed behind Hall by a hundredth-second margin in 21.94. South Africa's Roland Mark Schoeman completed his full set of medals by adding a bronze in 22.02, just 0.03 of a second off his time from the semifinals (21.99).[3]

Defending bronze medalist Pieter van den Hoogenband of the Netherlands (22.56), and dual Olympic champion Alexander Popov of Russia 22.58) missed the semifinals by less than a tenth of a second.[4] By the following year, Popov announced his retirement from swimming, and became a full-time member of the International Olympic Committee.

Eleven first round heats were raced, comprising a total of 86 swimmers. The fastest 16 swimmers from this group qualified to move on to the semifinals stage.[5] After the heats had been raced, the cut-off time was 22.53 seconds. The 16 swimmers who advanced then raced in two semifinals of eight swimmers each, the results being pooled and the fastest eight swimmers advancing to the final.[5] The cut-off time to proceed into the final was 22.19 seconds.

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Alexander Popov (RUS) 21.64 Moscow, Russia 16 June 2000 [6]
Olympic record  Alexander Popov (EUN) 21.91 Barcelona, Spain 30 July 1992 [7]

No new records were set during this competition.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 11 4 Gary Hall, Jr. United States 22.04 Q
2 10 8 Frédérick Bousquet France 22.24 Q
3 9 3 Bartosz Kizierowski Poland 22.26 Q
3 11 8 Salim Iles Algeria 22.26 Q, NR
5 8 5 Duje Draganja Croatia 22.28 Q
6 9 6 Julien Sicot France 22.30 Q
7 9 4 Jason Lezak United States 22.33 Q
8 11 5 Roland Mark Schoeman South Africa 22.41 Q
8 11 2 Oleksandr Volynets Ukraine 22.41 Q
10 9 2 Brett Hawke Australia 22.42 Q
10 11 1 Stefan Nystrand Sweden 22.42 Q
12 8 4 Ricardo Busquets Puerto Rico 22.45 Q
13 8 2 Karel Novy Switzerland 22.51 Q
14 9 5 Javier Noriega Spain 22.52 Q
14 10 7 Fernando Scherer Brazil 22.52 Q
16 11 6 Lyndon Ferns South Africa 22.53 Q
17 11 3 Pieter van den Hoogenband Netherlands 22.56
18 10 3 Johan Kenkhuis Netherlands 22.58
18 10 4 Alexander Popov Russia 22.58
18 8 6 Rafed El-Masri Syria 22.58
21 7 1 Rolandas Gimbutis Lithuania 22.59
22 10 2 Lorenzo Vismara Italy 22.70
23 10 5 Eduardo Lorente Spain 22.71
24 7 3 Apostolos Tsagkarakis Greece 22.72
25 9 1 Michele Scarica Italy 22.80
26 11 7 Ashley Callus Australia 22.82
27 9 7 José Meolans Argentina 22.90
28 10 6 Vyacheslav Shyrshov Ukraine 22.96
29 9 8 Andrey Kapralov Russia 22.97
30 10 1 Matthew Rose Canada 23.01
31 7 6 Milorad Čavić Serbia and Montenegro 23.05
32 6 2 Krisztián Takács Hungary 23.12
33 6 1 Stanislau Neviarouski Belarus 23.13
34 8 7 Marcos Hernández Cuba 23.19
35 7 2 Lee Chung-Hee South Korea 23.20
36 7 7 Camilo Becerra Colombia 23.23
36 7 4 Pedro Silva Portugal 23.23
36 5 7 Ravil Nachaev Uzbekistan 23.23
39 6 8 Kaan Tayla Turkey 23.26
40 5 4 Carl Probert Fiji 23.31
41 7 5 Jere Hård Finland 23.33
42 7 3 Chen Zuo China 23.41
43 6 3 Julio Santos Ecuador 23.43
43 5 6 Joshua Laban Virgin Islands 23.43
45 6 4 Chrysanthos Papachrysanthou Cyprus 23.51
46 5 1 Allen Ong Malaysia 23.52
46 6 6 Arwut Chinnapasaen Thailand 23.52
48 6 7 Wang Shao-An Chinese Taipei 23.54
49 6 5 Danil Haustov Estonia 23.56
50 4 4 José Mafio Uruguay 23.58
51 4 5 Jevon Atkinson Jamaica 23.61
52 5 2 Raichin Antonov Bulgaria 23.67
53 4 6 Rodrigo Díaz Guatemala 23.69
54 5 5 Örn Arnarson Iceland 23.84
55 5 8 Oleg Shteynikov Kazakhstan 23.88
56 4 3 Terrence Haynes Barbados 23.90
57 4 8 Abed Rahman Kaaki Lebanon 24.68
58 4 2 Gregory Arkhurst Ivory Coast 24.82
58 4 7 Mauricio Prudencio Bolivia 24.82
60 4 1 Alois Dansou Benin 24.86
61 1 4 Emile Rony Bakale Congo 25.07
62 3 5 Chris Hackel Mauritius 25.33
63 1 3 Ahmed Mohamed Jewel Bangladesh 25.47
64 3 4 Cole Shade Sule Cameroon 26.16
65 3 3 Johnathan Steele Grenada 26.40
66 3 6 Kreshnik Gjata Albania 26.61
66 5 3 Semen Danilov Kyrgyzstan 26.61
68 2 4 Anderson Bonabart Federated States of Micronesia 26.75
69 1 2 Ibrahim Maliki Niger 26.81
70 3 8 Hem Kiri Cambodia 27.49
71 3 2 Khaled Ghezzawi Libya 27.55
72 2 3 Hojamamed Hojamamedov Turkmenistan 27.68
73 3 1 Hassan Mubah Maldives 27.71
74 1 7 Donnie Defreitas Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 27.72
75 3 7 Edgar Luberenga Uganda 27.77
76 1 5 Abdourahamane Diawara Guinea 28.10
77 2 5 Bounthanom Vongphachanh Laos 28.17
78 2 7 Leonce Sekama Rwanda 28.99
79 1 6 David Keita Mali 29.96
80 2 2 Mohamed Saad Yemen 29.97
81 2 6 Mamadou Ouedraogo Burkina Faso 30.36
82 2 8 Malique Williams Antigua and Barbuda 32.86
83 2 1 Yona Walesi Malawi 34.11
8 1 Luis Rojas Venezuela DNS
8 3 Peter Mankoč Slovenia DNS
8 8 George Bovell Trinidad and Tobago DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 Roland Mark Schoeman South Africa 21.99 Q
2 2 Brett Hawke Australia 22.07 Q
3 5 Salim Iles Algeria 22.16 Q, NR
4 3 Julien Sicot France 22.26
5 4 Frédérick Bousquet France 22.29
6 1 Javier Noriega Spain 22.36
7 8 Lyndon Ferns South Africa 22.46
8 7 Ricardo Busquets Puerto Rico 22.52

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 Jason Lezak United States 22.12 Q
2 2 Gary Hall, Jr. United States 22.18 Q
2 4 Stefan Nystrand Australia 22.18 Q
2 7 Oleksandr Volynets Ukraine 22.18 Q
5 3 Duje Draganja Croatia 22.19 Q
6 5 Bartosz Kizierowski Poland 22.22
7 8 Fernando Scherer Brazil 22.27
8 1 Karel Novy Switzerland 22.63

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 2 Gary Hall, Jr. United States 21.93
2 8 Duje Draganja Croatia 21.94
3 4 Roland Mark Schoeman South Africa 22.02
4 1 Stefan Nystrand Sweden 22.08
5 3 Jason Lezak United States 22.11
6 5 Brett Hawke Australia 22.18
7 7 Oleksandr Volynets Ukraine 22.26
8 6 Salim Iles Algeria 22.37

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". BBC Sport. 5 August 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2007. 
  2. ^ Harris, Beth (21 August 2004). "Defiant Hall wins 50m free". Associated Press (Washington Times). Retrieved 17 June 2007. 
  3. ^ Thomas, Stephen (20 August 2004). "Hall Does it Again, Repeats as 50 Free Champ". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Thomas, Stephen (19 August 2004). "Men’s 50 Freestyle Prelims Day 6: Hall Splashes a Hot 22.04, Fastest Qualifier; Lezak Makes This One but Popov, Hoogie Bow Out". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Beginner's guide to swimming". BBC Sport. 15 April 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2007. 
  6. ^ "Swimming – Current World Records – Men". International Olympic Committee. 4 April 2007. Retrieved 17 June 2007. 
  7. ^ "Swimming—Current Olympic Records—Men". International Olympic Committee. 21 August 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2007. 

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